You may have cut the costs by doing home renovation tasks by yourself. However, is it worth the risk?
EHS Today presents an infographic that shows that Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects have become more common as it gives homeowners a sense of satisfaction. It can also cut labor cost and material expenses. According to the results for 2015 Houzz survey, 8 out of 10 millennials in 2014 have their homes redecorated, 6 out of 10 have them renovated, and 6 out of 10 have minor repairs.
Despite the popularity of DIYs, Sandra O’ Connor, a real estate agent for Allen Tate Realtors, believes that it’s not a good practice for homeowners to attempt doing a certain task that should’ve been consulted a professional instead. Mistakes and lapses caused by an unprofessional or unskilled worker can harm a home and the people inside it. Listed below are the causes of most DIY injuries:
- Grinding: scatters dust that irritates the eyes
- Lawn mowers: cut fingers or legs
- Ladders: associated with falling resulting to broken bones
- Power tools: can accidentally cut fingers and other body parts
- Welding equipment: can cause burns
A study by the Monash University tells that DIY injuries are mostly caused by using inappropriate tools, practicing unsafe work routine, and having no personal protective equipment (PPE) present.
Since studies show that 75% of DIY injuries occur at home, it’s best to remind yourself to be safe. To avoid the builders’ accidents, here are some points you must remember in choosing the right safety workwear:
1. Hand Protection
Multiple factors should be considered in choosing a hand glove. It should be the right fit. Loose hand gloves can lead to greater accidents. Also, it should be comfortable as you have to wear it while working. Studies show that the use of this kind of safety workwear can reduce hand injuries by 60%.
2. Ear Protection
Your sense of hearing is very important. Hearing loss can only be restored by having a surgery or by using a hearing aid. Thus, if you’re working with load equipment, be sure to cover your ears with ear muffs.
3. Eye Protection
Foreign objects like dirt and dust can get in your eyes and cause severe damage. This kind of injury is most common when you are grinding and welding. Invest in eye goggles that are comfortable, does not have a gap between the frame and the face, and are scratch and fog-resistant.
4. Respiratory Protection
Masks can protect you from airborne hazards like smoke, sprays, and hazardous gases when you are spray painting and sanding.
5. Head Protection
A helmet is a safety workwear designed to reduce the impact of falling objects to the head by 75%.
6. Skin Protection
Coverall outfit is recommended as it can prevent cuts and keep hazardous materials to come in contact with your skin.
For activities that involve ladders or any kind of climbing, non-slip footwear can help give you nail-resistant soles and steel caps.
You invest the best tools and materials to a create better home. How about investing in proper knowledge, skill, and safety workwear as well? These will prevent you from spending lots of money in medical hospitalization.